There have been wolves here in Idaho for as long as I can recall.
The fish game said there wasn’t but us long timers know different. Even ranches and cattleman would see them, kind of like seeing a ghost. Once in a while someone would shoot one, and get their face in the local paper.
News flash grizzlies are here to, not many but now and then if you’re lucky you see one.
However we do not have the room or need for a large population of either.
What really burns me the most is not that they are here but that we “ we being residents” are force to take one the responsibilities of this reintroduction against our will.
We voted on this and overwhelmingly we said NO! Yet out side interests prevailed and now they are back in numbers., numbers we don’t want.
I say that those who forced this issue should first have them planted in their back yards before anyone else’s.
What you say about the elk herds I also believe to be true. The herd will adapt just as the have adapted to human populations and the hunting season.
The only way you cannot accept humans as a competitive species it to remove us from the cycle and food chain. Our brains keep us safe with out it we would be very week indeed; it is out claws, our fangs. It makes up for bad hearing and eyesight low sense of smell.
Yes generations past may have over hunted and did in many cases un reversible damage , lets remember though that they also started us down the path we are on today so there is credit to be given .